COVID-19

WALI COVID-19 RESOURCES & UPDATES

Information for B.C. employers

This web page is updated regularly.


PROTOCOLS & GUIDELINES

Agriculture-specific protocols for employers of temporary foreign workers have been announced by both the federal and provincial governments and can be viewed below.

Protocols

Requirements from Government of Canada

The federal government has released their requirements for employers of temporary foreign workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please be sure to review the Government of Canada's guidance document (linked below) to ensure you are familiar with all new requirements and details.

View requirements here: (English) or (Spanish)

View Frequently Asked Questions here.

Apply for the Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program here.

Requirements from Province of British Columbia

The requirements document outlines recommendations for all farms to meet the orders, notices, and guidance issued by British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer and additional MANDATORY requirements for farms employing Temporary Foreign Workers and domestic workers.

View B.C. provincial requirements here, including industrial work camp requirements (updated July 28, 2020).

Infection Prevention and Control Site Inspection

Scheduling an Infection Prevention and Control site inspection is a requirement under the PHO Industrial Camp Order for agriculture and aquaculture employers providing accommodation to workers. The Ministry of Agriculture has launched an online application for scheduling site inspections. Employers who have already completed an inspection are not required to have a secondary inspection unless an additional site has not yet been inspected or if the site will exceed the maximum occupancy defined in the initial inspection. Schedule your inspection here.

Application to Receive Temporary Foreign Workers

The Province requires all temporary foreign workers to spend the 14-day quarantine period in government-arranged accommodations. All employers who plan to receive temporary foreign workers will be required to complete this document before they are permitted to receive workers: Application to Receive Temporary Foreign Workers.

Requirements for booking travel with Mi Tierra

Prior to booking travel for workers with Mi Tierra Holidays, employers will be asked to sign an agreement accepting responsibility for both federal and provincial protocols.

View Employer Acknowledgement form.

REMINDER: payments for charter flights cannot be made by credit card. They must be by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or direct deposit. Mi Tierra Holidays provides this information to employers who are next in line for charter seats.

Requirements for all workers returning to Mexico

Due to COVID-19, the Government of Mexico has put in place a number of requirements for all travelers entering the country, including returning citizens.

Mandatory Questionnaire:

Please make sure that every Mexican worker at your farm has a copy of this document before they leave the farm. It must be filled out by all passengers flying to Mexico.

  • QUESTIONNAIRE OF IDENTIFICATION OF RISK FACTORS IN TRAVELERS.
  • Report by Phone (SAWP ONLY)

    Upon their return to Mexico, SAWP workers will need to report back to their local Ministry of Labour office by phone first and schedule an appointment. If the office is closed, they can complete their reporting (on the employer) by phone.

    Questions

    If you or any workers have questions about the requirements for workers returning to Mexico, please contact Oscar Franco with the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver. Email sawpmobilityvan@sre.gob.mx or call (604) 684-1859 ext. 3135.

    Guidelines

    Checklist for Control of COVID-19 in Agricultural Facilities

    Agriculture and Agri-food Canada has created a checklist for the control of COVID-19 in agricultural facilities. This checklist is intended to help prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in agricultural settings. by laying out guidelines for quarantine, assessment and control plans.

    Preparing Your Farm for COVID-19

    Many producers are wondering, "Where do I start?". AgSafe BC has British Columbia-specific workplace COVID-19 resources for employers. Here are a few to get you started:

    1. Employer Protocol for Pandemic
    2. Agricultural Site COVID-19 Prevention Procedures
    3. Site Access Health Questionnaire

    Click here for more AgSafe workplace resources (or see the Workplace Resources section below).

    COVID-19 Isolation Protocol

    In the event that a worker shows symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the isolation protocol below to ensure the safety of your workers:

    Extending Work Permits

    SAWP workers are now permitted to continue working beyond their end-date (up to 1-month), but are required to apply for a new work permit in order to be eligible. More details on extending work permits available here. Consent forms for extensions are available below:

    For AgStream workers, the following guideline is available for extending work permits:

    As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, it is recommended that the following websites be consulted regularly for the latest public health information and to keep up to date on how to protect your workers, yourself and your community: canada.ca/coronavirus and BC Centre for Disease Control

    WORKPLACE RESOURCES

    AgSafe BC has British Columbia-specific workplace COVID-19 information and resources for employers (ie: employer protocols, safety notice for workers, templates, agricultural site prevention procedures, etc).

    More resources available from the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, and the Canadian Horticulture Council .

    OTHER LABOUR OPPORTUNITIES

    The BC Farm, Fish and Food Job Connector is a new online resource created to share jobs in agriculture, while providing agriculture employers with support for their hiring and planning needs. Job vacancies throughout BC will be posted as well as health and safety information for employers.

    Go2HR has opened its tourism and hospitality focused job board to include the agriculture and food processing sector. This provides a unique opportunity to connect displaced tourism and hospitality employees with employment opportunities in agriculture. Post your current job vacancies for free on the leading tourism and hospitality job board.

    BCAC/WALI will continue to link employers with labour opportunities during this challenging time.

    SPANISH RESOURCES (Recursos en Español)

    Please share these resources with your Spanish speaking employees. Also available via the HUB Connect App.

    Comparta estos recursos con sus empleados de habla hispana. También disponible a través de la aplicación HUB Connect.